I-88 Rubberized Asphalt Project

Last year, Asphalt Plus conducted a trial project of dry process crumb rubber modified asphalt on Interstate 88 near Rochelle, Illinois. The project included the laboratory evaluation of two asphalt mix design and placement of two lane-miles of pavement on I-88.

The first mix was:

  • Friction SMA (ILDOT)
  • 34% ABR (5% RAS and 8 lbs of rubber mix per ton)
  • No RAS content

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  • 2 vs. 2.5 mm rut respectively
  • 602 vs. 566 DCT respectively

The second mix was:

  • 12.5 N75 Fine Surface Graded Mix (WIDOT)

Lab testing of the WIDOT mix with and without engineered dry process rubber showed the rubber additions significantly improved mix performance.

Presence of rubber improved:

  • Hamburg rutting from 8.2 mm at 10,000 passes to 3.4 mm at 20,000 passes
  • Increased DCT results from 358 to 482

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The Curran DeKalb plant was modified for dry process asphalt production in a matter of a few hours.

Using a loss-in-weight feeder system:

  • Engineered crumb rubber was injected into production with a high degree of accuracy
  • Plant production of CRM asphalt at full production rates occurred without interruption
  • Two mix designs were produced in sequence with minimal waste

The asphalt mixes were trucked 40 miles on a cool day (55 F at start), and placement temperatures ranged from 235 to 280 F off the trucks.

The Finished Product:

  • Finished without any tearing
  • Vibratory rollers produced specified compaction without special effort and without stopping plant operations

Performance evaluations will continue in the field following a winter of service. The existing record of technology field performance in colder climates strongly suggests that the use of dry process engineered rubberized asphalt mix designs will be permitted as a competitive alternative to other forms of modified asphalt. The cost advantage suggests this process will benefit both producers and road owners.

 

View full case study

From http://asphaltplus.com/rubberized-asphalt-trial-project/

And get the FREE BOOK!

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Utah Roadie, Roadie, Roadie | Pavement Management

Well, it’s official!  Blair got the PURPLE HARLEY.  Now he and Jackie are tearing up Route 66.

Jack
Blair and I are hosting a special free webinar next Wednesday at 2pm.

He is presenting in Utah and wants to share the excitement with you in a LIVE webinar!

Click Here To Register
 
Webinar ID: 145-062-755

                     For information on the conference…

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We may have some special guests on and some Alums that will answer questions you may have.  (this is in addition to our PDH Power Hour Monthly Free Webinar Series).

At the very least, grab a copy of the Book on Better Roads for FREE!

Get Your FREE Copy - 2
Date and Time
 
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
 
So Keep this email handy!

It’s that easy!  Please email lori@ipmaacademy.com if you
have a “HOT TOPIC” that you would like to discuss.

Send in your questions by Monday, April 18th at 5PM.

Lori Miles

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The International Pavement Management Association (IPMA)

IPMA™ Tip of the Week|Super Slurry in the Heartland

Hey Pavement Professional!!!!

This week we have an amazing video training for you Pavement Management RockSTARS!  Live from Bel Aire Kansas we finally feature our IPMA™ Charter Member Andale Paving as they show of their state of the art Super Slurry process that is taking over the Heartland stabilization industry!

If you are a local agency engineer that loves to do FDR Full Depth Reclamation on your crumbling roads but hate nasty Portland cement dust or other fugitive dusts flying around the country side this is for YOU!!!

Please sit back and enjoy part one here as I get into producing part two of this mini series!

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Your IPMA™ Tip of the Week|Super Slurry in the Heartland!!!!
I am so glad to have the opportunity now to sit down in the Better Roads Bus each night and produce more valuable training content than anyone has ever seen in this lifetime!

ENJOY!

Contact Lori if you have any questions or pavement management projects you would like us to look at for you!

OH!  And here is the link for the “YouTubers”:

Blair

Flash Sale | 15 Hours on Pavement Management Training

Blair is going to kill me!

The Unreleased Black Album was selling SO fast!!  I panicked and ordered the 8 DVD Special instead of the Single DVD (yeah, and a whopping 200 pcs).

As you can guess, this pushed “BOSS MAN” over the edge due to the HUGE inventory cost differential. 😦

This one is normally $400 BUCKS!

Just give me the cost back and he might keep me around.

CLICK HERE to have it delivered for $90.91!!! (I am paying your shipping in the US, for sure!)

THEY GOT TO GO!  I love my job!

(There is a bit of urgency here)

Here’s what’s inside:  Over 15 HOURS across 4 different states in countless INSIDER TIPS.  Since agency folks are not allowed to travel, we have produced amazing training sessions to view in the comfort of your office or home.

Guest speakers include the following:greatesthits-dvd-3d
Basem Muallem, PE
Brian Frix, EIT, APM
Dr. Mike Heitzman, PE
James Emerson, APM
Blair Barnhardt, APM
Kevin Donnelly, APM
Dr. Gary Hicks, PE
Miguel Valentin, PE, APM
Dave Fokken
Pat Faster
Rusty Smallwood
Mark Beatty

PS. The Greatest Box Set includes PDH Power Hour 01 as a special bonus.
As this deal is only good through my termination dat, take advantage now by ordering today!”

BUY ME

Howard Shieh, PE, APM emphatically states, “Blair’s training episodes and book really inspire me. His experience and enthusiasm with pavement management is remarkable!”

PLEASE BUY ME

I hope you take advantage of this great offer!

Best,

Lori
(404) 953-0131
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IPMA™ Tip of the Week|Super Slurry in the Heartland

Hey Pavement Professional!!!!

This week we have an amazing video training for you Pavement Management RockSTARS!  Live from Bel Aire Kansas we finally feature our IPMA™ Charter Member Andale Paving as they show of their state of the art Super Slurry process that is taking over the Heartland stabilization industry!

If you are a local agency engineer that loves to do FDR Full Depth Reclamation on your crumbling roads but hate nasty Portland cement dust or other fugitive dusts flying around the country side this is for YOU!!!

Please sit back and enjoy part one here as I get into producing part two of this mini series!

Your IPMA™ Tip of the Week|Super Slurry in the Heartland!!!!
I am so glad to have the opportunity now to sit down in the Better Roads Bus each night and produce more valuable training content than anyone has ever seen in this lifetime!

ENJOY!

Contact Lori if you have any questions or pavement management projects you would like us to look at for you!

OH!  And here is the link for the “YouTubers”:

Blair

High-volume pavement preservation: Untapped potential for contractors

Re-Blogging from Better Roads Magazine

BY:  Chris Hill

|  February 15, 2016 |

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.17.10 PMAsphalt pavement preservation is a tactic used primarily in the realm of low-volume roadways. It has helped municipalities expand road life, keep overall highway maintenance costs down, and keep residents relatively happy during their commutes to and from work and home.

The success of these programs, along with interest from the Federal Highway Administration, is now pushing the paving industry to focus on pavement preservation for high-volume roadways.

The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University is leading the way, implementing pavement preservation test plots on U.S. 280 in central Alabama. The highway is a major artery into the metro Birmingham area. (See sidebar below, “High-volume preservation method testing.”)

NCAT directed placement of these plots last summer, collecting performance data such as roughness, rutting and cracking. In addition to collecting this data weekly, they are also studying more long-term performance metrics (such as field permeability) on a quarterly basis.

The test is designed to be a “rational starting point,” in order to narrow down which pavement preservation techniques are the optimal combination of life-cycle costs and performance. The secondary goal is to use the data gathered to create guide specifications, and to recommend guidelines for pavement quality assurance testing and inspection.

NCAT’s partner in road research, Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Minnesota Road Research Facility (MnROAD), is also testing some of the same pavement preservation treatments on high volume roadways in Minnesota’s cold-weather climate.

“Our goal is to execute a single experiment with nationwide impact through the MnROAD partnership,” says Buzz Powell, NCAT assistant director and test track manager. “This involves experiment design, construction planning, installation, performance testing, dissemination of findings, and (most importantly) implementation. It would be ideal for guidelines/specifications to be universal; however, best practices could vary as a function of climate, materials, etc.”

 

Municipal experience

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.17.00 PMThe Charleston County (South Carolina) Transportation Development department has been a model example of a municipality continually improving and expanding a preservation program. In honor of those achievements, For Pavement Preservation (FP2) awarded the agency its 2014 James B. Sorenson Award. FP2 lauded the agency for its work testing and implementing multiple preservation techniques, and for its communication efforts explaining the preservation work to the public.

Though more than 80 percent of the county’s preservation work takes place on low-volume roadways, according to Richard Turner, project and preservation program manager, one method stands out for its effectiveness on high-volume roadways: microsurfacing.

“We continue to run pilot projects trying different applications, and probably the most used is microsurfacing,” Turner says. “I’ve seen that successfully placed on high-volume roads here in Charleston, by us or by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), assuming it’s put on the right road at the right time. If you put a microsurfacing treatment down on a road that’s a little bit further into its life, the microsurfacing lifecyle won’t be as good as it would be if you applied the treatment earlier in its life.”

This technique is fairly new in the market for high-volume roads in South Carolina, with SCDOT using the technique for the first time seven years ago (on U.S. 17 in Charleston County). Turner says his agency’s first use of the technique was in 2011.

“We’re looking at a market that’s five to seven years old,” he says, adding that he hasn’t been able to work with contractors in South Carolina because there aren’t any doing the work. Instead, contractors from adjacent states are winning the contracts.

“The two or three companies that are bidding on projects throughout South Carolina are able to have a nomad crew that comes and spends 30 to 60 days in each county, get the work done and report back. I don’t know if there’s anyone in the state ready to invest yet or not.”

From Turner’s perspective, microsurfacing is a far better application for high-volume settings (compared to low-volume roads), a viewpoint that comes as a direct result of his agency’s communication efforts. It boils down to look and feel.

“When it’s placed on roads that are higher volume, we’ve gotten no complaints,” he says. “When we’ve placed it on lower volume roads, that’s when we get the questions. It’s mostly because you have folks walking on these roads and they’re looking at every little detail of that road. They can tell that it’s not the same as a hot mix or dense graded asphalt. That’s when they notice it. When you’re driving down the road you can’t see it or feel it. You can’t tell that it’s any different.”

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.17.22 PMPlacing a microsurface treatment on high-volume roads changes the esthetics of the mat, Turner explains, with more traffic improving its appearance within the first month of use. “The effectiveness of it doesn’t change one way or another, but from a public perception standpoint, I think it looks better on a high volume road,” he adds.

Public perception of microsurfacing has taken a hit from instances of improper placement, and also from the application being used as more of a temporary bandage. “Those roads needed much more than a microsurfacing or some other preservation treatment,” Turner says.

Turner’s point touches on a major concept of pavement preservation. A roadway in need of major work, or one that is failing, is not a good candidate for preservation work and requires more extensive rehabilitation. To paraphrase Marty Comer, the president of Comer Contracting in Connecticut, even in lieu of public opinion, preservation is a difficult concept for some municipalities to grasp.

“It’s a real tough sell,” he says. “Pavement preservation is for ‘good’ pavement, and to get people to spend money on good pavement is sometimes a challenge. In dealing with municipalities, it’s a tough sell when they have bad roads that need work and then they try and spend money on preservation work. That’s what the whole industry has been promoting for quite a number of years, but it’s still a tough sell.”

 

Contractor perspective

As in South Carolina, microsurfacing has emerged as the high-volume preservation of choice in Connecticut. And just like its southern counterpart, Connecticut faces a shortage of contractors to perform the task. Even as a pavement preservation specialist, most of Comer’s work is chip seal.

But, much of the preservation work in the state has been handled a different way. Connecticut has seen a strong run of resurfacing work over the past few years, with the state’s Department of Transportation recently reporting 2015 as the fourth straight year of increased two-lane road resurfacing.

“There was a lot of bituminous concrete (asphalt) put down last year as far as historical amounts, and they plan to do a fair amount this year,” Comer says. “ConnDOT has a tendency to call that pavement preservation, especially if it’s thin lift, because the paving industry has tried to make that the pavement preservation of choice.“

“The public will, to a certain extent, accept cape seal in this area with chip seal and microsurfacing over it,” he adds. “They still turn their nose up at it a little bit, but it’s perceived as more acceptable because it’s smoother. “

“The name of the game in any surfacing project is to avoid having loose stone. For instance, if you’re going to chip seal, it needs to be swept practically the same day. That’s where I think it’s going, at least where I’m working. The motoring public doesn’t accept chip seal well, but if you can make it smoother, if you can sweep it up real quick, then the pavement maintenance industry can have more success. You certainly have to be neat and produce a good looking product.”

 

– See more at: http://www.equipmentworld.com/high-volume-pavement-preservation-untapped-potential-for-contractors/#sthash.N4fGzf4Z.dpuf

Pavement Management |Testimonial | Arapahoe

Jonathon Heese, APM Master, Arapahoe County, CO

Jon: Hi folks Jon Heese of Arapahoe County. I usually do blooper rolls for Blair; I was hoping to make an exception this time [laughter]. So we brought the Barnhardt Group and last year and got them to a evaluate 25% of our roadway network, got that done and put into the StreetSaver® software. We’ve been doing pavement managing for a long time, many years, we had a retirement and we thought this is a good time to look at our practices and take a close look at what we’ve been doing and see if we want to make changes. We ended up doing 25% of the network put it into StreetSaver® software, we liked what we saw so we went ahead and did the other 75% this year.

Blair is just wrapping up now today with us we’ve got the entire network, about 350 center lane miles of our network in the StreetSaver® software, and if you ever get a chance to work with the Barnhardt group, maybe on the last day you could talk Blair into sitting down with you like he did with us and going through all of the reports, that’s great. Real time, he will be there with you if your schedules work out and he can have that back-and-forth with him about what you’ve been doing and your decision tree and how the report comes out, all the various reports, how to get you to PCI that you want, and how much money it will take you to get all of those things. It’s a great opportunity if you get that chance, so we just did that, Blair is printing out his final report and we will be picking through that over the next several weeks.

Thumbs up if you get a chance to work with the Barnhardt group, I would recommend it even if you can’t work with the Barnhardt Group, I did read the book. If you get a chance to pick up the book, it’s free. Just email blair@ipma.co he will send you a free copy of the book [The Book on Better Roads, Saving Your Crumbling Roads with Practical Pavement Management], definitely worth reading, maybe give you some ideas that you haven’t thought of. That’s it for me, Blair, nice to talk to you folks.

As the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller, “The Book on Better Roads – Saving Your Crumbling Roads with Practical Pavement Management” I have witnessed the transformation of local agencies just like you as they save millions of dollars by treating the right roads, at the right time, with the right treatment, for the right reason and with the right contractor!  You see, I have been in YOUR shoes!  Back in 2005, I was thrown into the position of Public Works Director for the largest privatized City in America, the City of Sandy Springs!  To make matters worse, there was no tax revenue in the coffers when the City broke free from the County, so I had to quickly learn how to do MORE with LESS!

I promised myself back then that no local agency should ever have to struggle with maintaining their crumbling infrastructure.  So over the last decade our team has built an entire suite of pavement management products and services that could collectively save this great Country 2.5 Billion Dollars a YEAR!  Take advantage of my 3 decades of experience in the pioneering trenches of the pavement management, in place recycling and pavement preservation industry!  Our team is the leader in this industry and is the voice for all new innovation across the nation!  Want to start saving millions like our other learners and clients?

Call today:  404-316-9792 or email lori@thebarnhardtgroup.com

Pavement Management Testimonial From Mayor Shelley Hansel

Wellington, KS Pavement Management Plan

Watch Full Video Here:

https://ipma-1.wistia.com/medias/qhnkp6yh9

And, here is the audio transcript:

Mayor Shelly Hansel, Wellington, KS

Shelly: Hi, I’m Shelly Hansel, the Mayor of Wellington, Kansas. And we just had our first session with Blair Barnhardt for our pavement study. We have to say; it is probably the best money that we have ever spent as far as I’m concerned in the city of Wellington. We now have a progressive roadmap so to speak of what we can do to improve the streets of our community. Without The Barnhardt Group, we would just be fixing things willy-nilly, but now we know what is a priority and what isn’t and how to move forward and save our city money. So I’m going to tell you right now, the Barnhardt group is the best decision you’ll ever make. It’s a progressive movement for your city to make move forward and have better streets and happier citizens.

As the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller, “The Book on Better Roads – Saving Your Crumbling Roads with Practical Pavement Management” I have witnessed the transformation of local agencies just like you as they save millions of dollars by treating the right roads, at the right time, with the right treatment, for the right reason and with the right contractor!  You see, I have been in YOUR shoes!  Back in 2005, I was thrown into the position of Public Works Director for the largest privatized City in America, the City of Sandy Springs!  To make matters worse, there was no tax revenue in the coffers when the City broke free from the County, so I had to quickly learn how to do MORE with LESS!

I promised myself back then that no local agency should ever have to struggle with maintaining their crumbling infrastructure.  So over the last decade our team has built an entire suite of pavement management products and services that could collectively save this great Country 2.5 Billion Dollars a YEAR!  Take advantage of my 3 decades of experience in the pioneering trenches of the pavement management, in place recycling and pavement preservation industry!  Our team is the leader in this industry and is the voice for all new innovation across the nation!  Want to start saving millions like our other learners and clients?

Call today:  404-316-9792 or email lori@thebarnhardtgroup.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pavement Management | Secret Weapons | IPMA

These 5 things have made the biggest difference in my career …ever.

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Literally, they have helped more than any discovery in the past 28 straight years of surveying pavement and implementing pavement management plans.

Here is YOUR “SECOND CHANCE” bundle.

Get it…here.

I’ll be giving it to you using the same process-map and I walk clients through when they come for a $3,000.00 day of consulting on Pavement Management Software and Surveying Techniques 😉

(Except you don’t have to pay $3,000.00 or even leave the house).

Yours for the taking, here 🙂

Blair

P.S.  Literally. I think this is the coolest thing I could possibly offer you.

About three weeks ago, I presented this to a diverse group of City and County Staff Members ranging from a Road Tech all the way to a Director of Public Works for a County with 1457 Center Lane Miles (and the Commissioners, LOL) …and they all flipped out over this information.

You’re a Public Works Professional or Pavement Professional so you’ll “get it” fast, and I think you’ll be able to implement it even faster.  Enjoy!

P.P.S. I’m giving this to you because I can 🙂

I am offering IPMA Academy (CLICK HERE FOR SYLLABUS), 8 DVD Box set, The Book on Better Roads and The Unreleased Black Album for…..$$$$$$$$$$$

CLICK HERE TO SEE RIDICULOUSLY LOW PRICE!

Now GO GET THIS DEAL HERE!

Blair